The thrill of Michael Jackson lives on in MJ Live
He’s bad, he’s bad and he knows it. It’s inevitable that Michael Jackson’s legacy would continue to live on. In MJ Live, it’s like he never left. Backed by dancers and a live band, MJ Live showcases rotating impersonators Jalles Franca and James Times III, who treat the production as more than just a tribute show; they actually become him.
MJ Live brilliantly weaves in and out of post-Bad era hits “Dangerous” and “Jam,” then reverts to “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” to “Beat It” and “Man in the Mirror.” And from one song to the next, Jackson’s style—penny loafers, high-water pants and shiny jackets—is present. Lasers light up the room on “Smooth Criminal,” smoke blows from under the stage during “Black or White” and ghoulish zombies get into formation for “Thriller.” Expect to see Soul Train-inspired costumes during a medley of Jackson 5 classics.
Remember Jackson’s 1983 “Billie Jean” performance on Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever? Fast-forward to present day where Franca and Times reenact that moment sporting a sequined-white glove and black fedora hat just like Jackson, mirroring his every step, turn and even mastering the moonwalker dance. It’s as if the real MJ is performing live right in front of you.
Stratosphere, 7 p.m. daily, $49.95-$79.95 VIP plus tax and fee. 702.380.7777